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Recommended Reads

Book Trust - inspiring a love of Books

Drawing from over 90 years' experience of recommending children’s books, our experts have put together a list of the 100 best children's books for Children's Book Week 2013. We're now asking everyone to join the debate and vote online for their favourites from the list - with the nation’s top books announced on 25 November.

The exciting 100 combines an eclectic mix of traditional classics and modern greats that we believe are must-reads to fire children’s imaginations and turn them into life-long readers. The cut-off age of 14 was chosen as beyond that, children tend to progress to more adult literature.

To view the full listing please click on the following link


Bord Gáis Energy Book Club, Ireland’s largest online book club, is dedicated to sharing the joy of books and reading with the Irish public.  

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The ReadTogether Campaign aims to promote the enjoyment and benefits of reading with children through a series of fun and engaging library events and by providing ReadTogether packs to families, bookshops and libraries throughout Ireland.

Recommended Reads

We’ve come up with some recommended reads for children of all ages. These are fantastic books you can read with your child or they can enjoy alone, just click on the links to download some great new ideas for books to enjoy with your children!
Recommended Reads for children aged 0 to 4 years
Recommended Reads for children aged 5 to 8 years
Recommended Reads for children aged 9 to 12 years
Recommended Reads for children aged 13+ years

Wondering what to read next? Why not try some of these titles, they include the quirky, wacky and rude!

It's all about underpants!

  1. Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
  2. Yuck's Amazing Underpants by Matthew Morgan
  3. Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
  4. The killer Underpants by Michael Lawrence
  5.  Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
  6. Charlie's Superhero Underpants by Paul Bright
  7. Horrid Henry's Underpants by Francesca Simon

Rude and Revolting Characters

  1. Horrid Henry Series by Francesca Simon
  2. Dirty Bertie Series by Alan MacDonald
  3. Smelly Peter Series by Steve Smallman
  4. Sir Charlie Stinky Socks Series by Kristina Stephenson
  5. Yuck Series by Matthew Morgan
  6. Morris the Mankiest Monster by Giles Andreae

I Don't Want To Books

  1. I Don't Want to Have a Bath by Julie Sykes
  2. I Don't Want to go to Bed by Julie Sykes
  3. I Don't Want to Wash My Hands by
  4. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone by
  5. I Don't Want to go to Hospital by Tony Ross
  6. I Don't want to go to School by

I Want To Books

  1. I Want My Dinner by Tony Ross
  2. I Want To Do It By Myself by Tony Ross
  3. I Want a Mini Tiger by Joyce Dunbar
  4. I Want My Light On by Tony Ross
  5. I Want a Story by Tony Ross


  1. Fairy House Series by Kelly McKain
  2. Rainbow Magic - The Twilight Fairies Series by Daisy Meadows 
  3. Fairy Bears Series by Julie Sykes
  4. Silverlake Fairy School Series by Elizabeth Lindsay
  5. Frangipani Fairies Series by Titania Hardie

Princesses, Ponies and Puppies


  1. Princess Evie's Ponies Series by Sarah Kilbride
  2. The Tiara Club Series by Vivian French
  3. Princess Poppy Series by Janey Louise Jones
  4. Pony Mad Princess Series by Diana Kimpton
  5. Petal Princesses Series


  1. Magic Pony Series by Elizabeth Lindsay
  2. Tilly's Pony Tails Series by Pippa Funnella
  3. Magic Pony Carousel Series by Poppy Shire
  4. Sandy Lane Stable Series by Michelle Bates
  5. Pony Club Secrets Series by Stacy Gregg


  1. Magic Puppy Series by Sue Bentley
  2. Jenny Dale's Puppy Tales Series
  3. Puppy Patrol Series by Jenny Dale
  4. Animal Ark Pets Series by Lucy Daniels




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